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August 6th, 2009 by Temple City Tribune
The 26th Annual National Night Out (NNO), a unique crime/drug prevention event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW), was held Tuesday, August 4, 2009 around the United States. Texas, however, will celebrate on October 6th, 2009.
Each year the National Night Out campaign involves citizens, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations and local officials from over 15,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide.
In all, over 37 million people participated in National Night Out 2008. Statistics for this year have yet to be compiled, but they look to be of a similar vein.
The community program is designed to: heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs; strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back against all kinds of criminal activity.
It also is a way for police departments to foster better relations not only between the rank and file but the community as a whole, especially where the dept. is small and perhaps underfunded.
In Temple City the LA County Sheriff’s Bomb squad, Fire Dept. were on hand to show residents first hand the tools of their trades. The Masons lodge #278 had a free kids-id program booth and Post Alarms was on hand to show the latest in home security. The Sheriff’s dept gave away stickers to youngsters and a K-9 unit as well as a bounce house , made sure this was a popular Night Out for kids and their parents. Additionally, the Sheriff’s volunteer Horse Patrol was a big hit with two very friendly horses spending some time in the park.
Temple City Parks and Recreation was instrumental in getting all agencies involved in the National Night Out.
Photos by Terry Miller